The Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP)
Medical cannabis patients who want to avoid paying 8.5% sales tax on their medicine should consider getting a specific medical card issued by the state of California. The Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP) entitles card holders to avoid paying sales tax.
Unfortunately, If you have any other medical card, you will still be required to pay sales tax.
Keep in mind that everyone must pay the new 15% excise tax, MMICP cardholders included.
So how do you get an MMICP card? They are issued by the county health department where you reside. Here’s what you need to do to get one:
Fill out this application
Bring the application, a medical recommendation from your Primary Care Physician and a government-issued ID with your current address to your county’s department of health.
SF residents can bring their paperwork to 101 Grove St. office #105, Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1-4pm. The standard fee for SF residents is $100. More details on their website.
Live outside of SF? Here’s a list of county health departments. Contact them for more information.